The Georgia High School Association released the 2020-2022 reclassification list Tuesday morning and the results on Madison County High School were minimal.
The Red Raiders are staying in 4A despite speculation of a jump to 5A. However, Madison County's region (8-AAAA) will look vastly next season. Stephens County and Oconee County drop down to 3A, while St. Pius X leaps into 6A, leaving Madison County and North Oconee as the only returning Region 8-AAAA schools.
The GHSA hasn't realigned the regions yet as schools have a chance to appeal their classification until Monday, November 11. But looking at the 4A class, one can easily begin to shape the future Region 8-AAAA as local schools Cedar Shoals, Jackson County and Jefferson join 4A.
The rest of Region 8-AAAA is a mystery. The complexion of the region depends on the dividing line the GHSA creates. If I-85 is the line and schools south of the interstate make up region 8, Madison County may form region rivalries with schools like Greater Atlanta Christian, Stephenson and/or Stone Mountain.
If Lake Lanier is factored into the equation, Flowery Branch, Chestatee, East Hall, North Hall and/or White County may get lumped into Region 8-AAAA. Or the region could remain as a five-team group.